Smarter Digital Tools

From how we find our way around an unfamiliar city to how we book a taxi, we live in a world made simpler by algorithms and big data.  

And there’s no shortage of on-going, breathtaking discoveries:

In a world where digital tools support virtually every part of our lives, why is it that the full power of such tools has yet to be unleashed to those who might benefit most - educators and learners? With smarter digital tools offering up the promise of learning that is more personalised, inclusive and flexible, it has become critical that we -- and particularly teachers, learners and parents -- have a firm understanding of what these tools can do, and how they work.

In the coming months, Open Ideas at Pearson will be sharing videos, papers, infographics, and more, about what we know on this critical topic. To begin with, we’ll be exploring artificial intelligence and adaptive learning.

Ideas Worth Sharing

Ideas Worth Sharing is Pearson’s new Open Ideas mini-series, where top experts from outside and inside the company share their leading edge work in education technology, research, and innovation.

What is Pearson doing?

At Pearson, we believe smarter digital tools, such as artificial intelligence, have tremendous potential to shake up how education is delivered - supporting educators far more effectively, and personalizing learning for students at scale.

For instance, a student’s interaction with digital environments - from completing online lessons to playing games - generates data and insights about their learning. Researchers in Pearson’s Center for Digital Data, Analytics & Adaptive Learning are exploring how smart technology that can harness that data to assess, enable, and personalize learning without the disruption of traditional tests. And new assessment technology is already enabling deeper, better insights about what a student knows. This gives a teacher the confidence that when their students leaves the classroom they will have the skills needed to succeed in the 21st-century workplace.

Preview: New Open Ideas at Pearson paper with EdSurge

Adaptive Learning: What’s Happening Inside the Black Box

Smarter digital tools that adapt to a learner as they progress through content hold great promise for ensuring that every learner reaches their full potential. Unfortunately, however, the exact definition of "adaptive" has proven hard to pin down, and many schools and districts face challenges in navigating the differences between adaptive learning tools.

Open Ideas at Pearson has partnered with colleagues at EdSurge to develop a report which defines adaptive learning in plain terms, and opens the black box on the exact ways a tool can adapt to learners. The paper, which will be released in March 2016, will also discuss the power and challenges of using adaptive tools in the classroom, and address emerging insights on what’s needed from the industry and from teachers. Finally, the report will have a companion decision making tool to help school leaders determine what kind of adaptive tools might be most appropriate for their learners.

In advance of the full report, Open Ideas at Pearson and EdSurge have partnered on a preview Adaptive Learning microsite, which features our definition of adaptive learning and the decision making tool.

View the Adaptive Learning microsite